With every new year comes a new motivation to change something about our lives. Sometimes it’s to go to the gym more, or to keep promises to those around you, but how many of us actually stick to our new year’s resolutions? And just how much longer can we maintain the lie of “new year, new me”?
I cannot even count the number of times I’ve vowed to eat healthier, or to stop being so lazy, to then be found in bed, still in my PJs having demolished a full packet of Jaffa Cakes before the first week of the new year is even over.
Each January 1st, we like to pretend that we are completely transformed versions of our former selves and try oh-so-desperately to convince the ever-growing stranger within us that this is the time to change.
It never is though, is it? And why should it be?
I personally think it’s about high time that we all do what we should have done for many years past; instead of narrowing ourselves down to what we need to stop doing year by year, maybe we should all start looking at and embracing what we’ve been missing out on.
Like eating what we want for a start. In your heart you know that the moment you have a bad day, the tissues will come out and so will the box of Thornton’s finest that you’ve been trying to avoid for weeks. It doesn’t mean you have to go crazy, just stop driving yourself crazy by worrying about the consequences and allow yourself to indulge every once in a while. Trust me, you deserve it!
And the promise of spending time with loved ones – maybe in your new year bubble of what you should and shouldn’t be doing you’ve been neglecting the things, and more importantly the people, that really matter. Try having fun while you still can, and taking opportunities that you may never receive again, and living a balanced, successful and enjoyable life without painful and unnecessary restrictions that you impose upon yourself.
I think 2015 sounds like a pretty good year, and I plan to make the most of it, don’t you?
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